The Japanese Shiba (Shiba Inu) breed is an ancient Asian dog breed. They probably derived from a Chow Chow mix brought to Japan from China several thousand years ago.
Shiba Inu have compact, muscular frames covered in short, dense coats—like a smaller version of the Akita. They have broad heads with pointed muzzles, dark noses and pointed ears. Their dark, triangular eyes have an intelligent and observing gaze. They have thick necks, well-developed chests and strong backs. Their tails curl up and over the back. Their thick coats are usually red or black & tan, with or without off-white markings.
A healthy Shiba Inu can live as long as 15 years.